High court: Gay rights law not retroactive

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the state’s 2006 expansion of the anti-discrimination law to include gays and lesbians is not retroactive.

The unanimous ruling is in response to a lawsuit filed by an employee of the University of Washington who alleged she was discriminated against by her supervisor and was subjected to a hostile work environment because she was gay. The high court said that while incidents that occurred before the law took effect cannot be retroactively remedied, they can be used in an overall hostile workplace case if the actions continued after June 2006.

The case now goes back to King County Superior Court, where it originated in May 2009.

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